The residence of Dr. Victor Babeş, designed in the eclectic style typical of the 1920s, is located on the Northern side of Bucharest, on Andrei Mureșanu Street, at nr. 14A. The house was built between 1928 and 1929 by the doctor’s son, named Mircea Babeș, who was a diplomat for Romania in Warsaw, Ottawa, and Moscow. The Museum displays all objects Victor Babeș had surrounded himself with during the time spent in the apartment the Institute bearing his name had provided. It is there that the scientist lived from 1887 until his death in 1926.
In 1956, Mircea Babeș, following advice given by C.I. Parhon, one of his father’s students, he donated the ground floor of the house to the Romanian state, for the purpose of opening a memorial museum. Mircea Babeș was himself in charge of this museum until his death in 1968. In July 1986, Sofia Babeș, Mircea’s wife, leaves the house’s first floor to the City Hall in her will. Thus all of Babeș house became a museum, and is today one of the most interesting inter-bellum residences in Bucharest open to the public.
With the help of documents (diplomas, graduation certificates, manuscripts, photographs), and of personal items, we are presented with a timeline of Victor Babeș’ life, starting with his studies at schools in Lugoj, Budapest, and Vienna, his specialization in Berlin and Munich, his practice spent in Paris near the great savant Louis Pasteur. The museum also exhibits the world’s first bacteriology treaty, dating from 1885, written by Victor Babeș along with renowed French chemist Andre-Victor Cornil.